Research Casts Depressing Shadow Over IT Security

Three-quarters (77 percent) of IT managers say their company has a security policy in place for the use of tablets and smartphones sounds like a pretty good number, right? Not if employees are ignoring it and downloading all kinds of unauthorized applications onto their devices.

Thats exactly whats happening, according to new online research from Kaspersky Lab. The results suggest that while most companies are aware of the need for mobile device security and rules for employees, theres a failure to effectively implement and manage policies. That failure might very well expose the corporate network to viral attack and cybercrime.

The growing trend towards using a single mobile device for both business and personal use can represent a significant security headache for companies, particularly when people start downloading potentially infected or insecure applications onto authorised and network connected devices,” said Andrew Lintell, corporate sales director for U.K. and Ireland, Kaspersky Lab.

More than 150 IT leaders across Britain were interviewed for the study, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Kaspersky Lab. Those IT leaders represent companies of 250 employees or more.

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